Student Groups

These are student organizations available to support students with disabilities and disability-related issues. The Student Organizations website has a complete, searchable list of all the current student organizations at Cornell.

Body Positive Cornell
Body Positive Cornell seeks to empower Cornell students to reconnect with their innate body wisdom, cultivate a healthy and balanced relationship with their body, and foster a community of self-love. We work with Cornell Health to host weekly peer-facilitated discussions on topics of sizeism, beauty, and health, as well as put on programs to build positive changes to campus culture regarding mental health and body image. 

Colleges Against Cancer
Colleges Against Cancer is a club that holds various cancer fundraisers and awareness events throughout the year (including Breast Cancer Awareness Week, the Great American Smoke-Out, and Relay for Life). 

Cornell Minds Matter (CMM)
A student organization that works to promote mental health and well-being, and decrease the stigma associated with mental illness and seeking out mental health resources. Members of Cornell Minds Matter serve as a liaison between students, faculty, staff, and administration at Cornell to guide policy and resources to serve the Cornell community. CMM holds workshops, training sessions, guest lectures and fun stress-reducing events, community services outing and other activities. An annual publication discusses various topics related to mental health through essays, poems and art.

Cornell Reflect
Cornell Reflect is dedicated to de-stigmatizing mental health and improving the mental health of students by providing them a safe forum to engage in open and honest discussion. Cornell Reflect takes a proactive approach to solving the current college and graduate student mental health crisis by leading students to care for their mental health as a normal part of everyday life. At Cornell Reflect meetings, members meet to discuss topics such as jobs, stress, and relationships in a safe-space setting. Food is served alongside small group discussions moderated by trained students. 

Cornell Union for Disabilities Awareness (CUDA) 
A union of people with disabilities and allies in the Cornell community dedicated to education, awareness, and activism in support of disabilities issues. CUDA is dedicated to encouraging constructive, issued-based conversation and debate and works to achieve this goal through a variety of avenues on campus and beyond. CUDA meets weekly to discuss issues impacting persons with disabilities. 

Deaf Awareness Project, Cornell University (CUDAP)
Cornell University Deaf Awareness Project (CUDAP) is a student-run program of the Cornell Public Service Center, which provides students with opportunities to learn about and participate in raising awareness of the issues facing the Deaf community. CUDAP works to integrate the Deaf and hearing communities. They provide an opportunity for students to learn about the Deaf community and American Sign Language (ASL) through meetings, service trips, and events, while educating the Cornell community, and also aim to incorporate ASL into the school-year curriculum at Cornell University. There is also the CUDAP Sign Choir.

Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Service (EARS)
A student-run organization offering counseling, training and outreach programs. It is open to all members of the Cornell community. The drop-in and phone counseling room at 213 Willard Straight is open daily during the academic year. Counseling is free and confidential. Training in communication and counseling skills is offered at three levels each semester. Outreach programs are provided for campus groups.

Gift of Life
Gift of Life is dedicated to expanding the bone marrow registry and supporting those who have been affected by the cancer experience. Gift of Life organizes events, campaigns, trainings, and seminars to register new potential bone marrow donors, raise monetary funds, and educate the community about the bone marrow donation process.

Project LETS (Let Us Erase the Stigma)
Project LETS is an inclusive community for people with mental illness, mental health health disabilities, or who identify as neurodivergent or neurotypical. Individuals with lived experiences with any of these issues are welcome to join; no official diagnosis is necessary. LETS focuses on peer support services, advocacy efforts, and political change.

Student Perspectives on Engineering Culture (SPEC)
SPEC provides a forum for College of Engineering students to consider and discuss their academic and related mental health experiences among their peers. SPEC explores actions to advocate for the incorporation of student perspectives in engineering academic policies and practices.

Undergraduate Disability Studies Journal 
The Undergraduate Disability Studies Journal publishes undergraduate research pertaining to disability studies. The aim of the journal is to promote the work of students exploring disability issues and to give students the opportunity to engage with disability studies research by working on the editorial board.